Back to Basics: What is an Essential Oil?

Let’s get #backtobasics and answer the question: “What is an essential oil?”

We talk about odd ball oils all the time. Let’s take a step back and remember/learn the very basics. This is the stuff you heard about at your very first essential oil class.

In my home, we use essential oils as a natural form of taking care of our health – bringing ourselves to optimal wellness.

If you’ve ever used essential oils before, AWESOME!!

If you haven’t let me help clear up some questions you may have in a few Back to Basics posts over the next few days.

The most basic of those questions:

WHAT is an Essential Oil?

Nope, it’s not a cooking oil like olive or coconut oil. It’s actually an aromatic compound. We just call them oils because it appears to be a similar viscosity.

Essential Oils are what that plant uses to stay health and fight off unwanted guests. We harvest that essential oil from the rind, roots, leaves, resin, etc and we use those oils to take care of our own health.

Pretty amazing, right? What a beautiful creation we are and what a beautiful solution that’s been provided for us.

Learn more about this process in the video below!

Essential Oils Aren’t a New Trend

Do you feel like you’ve started to hear a lot about essential oils in the last few years? While you might think essential oils are a new, hip trend, plant extracts and plant-based products are deeply rooted in the traditions of the past. Essential oils have been used by ancient civilizations across the globe for:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Personal care
  • Healthcare practices
  • Religious ceremonies
  • Beauty treatments
  • Food preparation

What Are Essential Oils Used for Today?

Historically, essential oils were used as part of cultural practices and traditions. However, we now have increasing scientific evidence and research showing that essential oils can be effectively and safely used in a wider range of day-to-day practices and routines for amazing natural health benefits. Today, essential oils can be used for cooking, household cleaning, personal hygiene, sleep, boosting immunity, emotional health, weight management, and much, much more.*

When you use essential oils, you’ll have more natural solutions and fewer toxic, synthetically manufactured products in your life and home.

What Are Essential Oils Good For?

Since long ago, people have used essential oils and plant parts to improve their health and physical well-being. We’ve continued to explore their benefits today, finding that essential oils can be integrated into daily life for a plethora of purposes.

Curious about how you might use essential oils in your everyday life? Essential oils can be used to

  • Support good oral hygiene,*
  • Reduce appearance of skin imperfections,
  • Promote healthy digestion,*
  • Cleanse and purify the air,
  • Promote an uplifting atmosphere,
  • Maintain healthy respiratory system and clear breathing,*
  • And more!

What Makes Essential Oils Effective?

Some essential oils are soothing, toning, and grounding, while others are energizing, warming, and renewing—but all essential oils are natural. The variety of essential oils allows you to naturally and effectively maintain health and address your specific health concerns.

With so many essential oils available, you can tailor them to your specific wants and needs rather than be forced to settle for a generic solution. This makes essential oils a popular choice for those looking for the best natural solutions in the modern era. The verstaility of essential oils is part of what has made them so popular in recent years. People love that they can use essential oils for a variety of tasks, without having to buy multiple products. 

How to Use Essential Oils

How do you use essential oils effectively? Rest assured that you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the wide array of benefits that essential oils offer. All you really need is a basic understanding of how to apply essential oils safely and simply as part of your daily routine.

If you’re ready to learn more, we can show you how to use essential oils. Once you learn how to use essential oils, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

doTERRA Essential Oils

I recommend only one brand of essential oils. Please do not use these tips if you are going to go out and buy the cheapest brands that you can find.

When it comes to essential oils, you get what you pay for. There’s hardly any regulation on the essential oil market, so you have to do your due diligence when purchasing oils.

After research, I fell on doTERRA. DoTERRA holds themself to the highest purity and safety standards on the market. Plus, they hold themselves to fair trade and sustainability practices. 

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